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One Book, One Vancouver: The Host City Reads - Mayor Robertson Announces Winning Books

For Immediate Release - April 23, 2009

VANCOUVER – To celebrate Vancouver hosting the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and to help spread the Games’ spirit throughout the city, Vancouver Public Library has expanded its popular One Book, One Vancouver and is calling the 2009 program The Host City Reads. And for the first time, One Book, One Vancouver will feature a children’s book as well as one for adults and teens.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, joined by the authors and special guest, champion skier Steve Podborski, today announced the winning The Host City Reads books: The Crazy Canucks: Canada's Legendary Ski Team by Janet Love Morrison and The Farm Team by Linda Bailey.

Promoting family literacy and reading is an important objective for the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Public Library, said Mayor Gregor Robertson. So to help build excitement among children for the 2010 Winter Games, the Library is including a children’s title for The Host City Reads.

“On behalf of Vancouver City Council I would like to congratulate Janet Love Morrison and Linda Bailey for being this year’s One Book, One Vancouver authors,” said Mayor Robertson.

“The Library is one of the City’s most-important and most-cherished institutions and One Book, One Vancouver is one of its most popular programs. By declaring that The Host City Reads we are telling the world just how important literacy and reading are to the citizens of Vancouver," he added.

Award-winning children’s author Linda Bailey, a Vancouver resident, is thrilled to have her book picked as the first-ever One Book, One Vancouver selection for children and families.

“For years, I have been admiring the One Book, One Vancouver program. I was delighted to hear about the expansion to include children and thrilled to learn that my book The Farm Team has been chosen as the first children's book in the program,” said Ms. Bailey. “I'm looking forward to a lively, fun-filled year in Vancouver's libraries and skating rinks as we all read our way into the 2010 Winter Games.”

North Vancouver writer Janet Love Morrison was elated to have her book The Crazy Canucks: Canada's Legendary Ski Team selected as this year’s winning choice for teens and adults.

“It's wonderful to be able to spread the legacy of the Crazy Canucks and the positive difference they made because their success went beyond the ski industry and was shared by all Canadians,” said Ms. Love Morrison. “I'm thrilled The Crazy Canucks was selected. It’s going to be an exciting program!”

Steve Podborski, one of the original Crazy Canucks and to this day the most-successful and decorated male Downhill ski racer in North America, is also pleased by the Library’s choice.

"I'm very happy that sport is such a clear focus of our cultural community,“ said the international skiing star. “The lines blur between culture and sports and this can't help but benefit both.”

One Book, One Vancouver usually runs from May through September, but in the lead up to the 2010 Winter Games the Library has extended the program to early December when it will hold a festival finale to celebrate The Host City Reads and one of the most-important moments in Canadian sports history. On December 7, 1975 at Val d’Isère, France, Crazy Canuck Ken Read became the first North American man to win a World Cup Downhill event. With activities, performances and displays for children, teens and adults, the Library will invite Vancouver to celebrate the Crazy Canucks and both The Host City Reads books on December 6.

One Book, One Vancouver is always a highlight for avid Vancouver readers and this year with the addition of a children’s book and the building excitement for the 2010 Winter Games, we are sure that in addition to loyal One Book readers, many more Vancouver residents – young and old – will join us for this exciting program,” said Library Board Chair Joan Andersen.

In order to hold programs in every part of Vancouver, the City’s Host A City Happening program contributed funds to this year’s expanded One Book, One Vancouver program.

Janet Love Morrison will be joined by Steve Podborski for her inaugural One Book, One Vancouver author reading on Thursday, May 14 at 7 p.m. in the Alice MacKay Room, Central Library (350 West Georgia St.).

Award-winning children’s writer Linda Bailey will make her first appearance at a reading for children and families on Tuesday, May 19 at 1:30 p.m. at the Fraserview Library Branch (1950 Argyle Dr.). Ms. Bailey’s The Farm Team presentation is best suited for children aged 7 to 10.

For information about author appearances, upcoming events or to reserve a copy of this year’s winning titles, visit any Vancouver Public Library branch or go to www.vpl.ca/obov.

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Now in its eighth year, One Book, One Vancouver is Vancouver’s city-wide book club, promoting reading and encouraging discussion by bringing people together around two great books. One Book, One Vancouver: The Host City Reads is presented by Vancouver Public Library in partnership with: the City of Vancouver Host a City Happening Program, Harbour Publishing, Kids Can Press, the Friends of the Vancouver Public Library, Public Library Services Branch, Ministry of Education, Canada Council for the Arts, the Word on the Street Festival and media partners The Vancouver Sun and CTV.

Founded in 1869, the Vancouver Public Library is one of Canada's largest library systems and is dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading, recreation and information needs of the people of Vancouver. Each year, the Library’s 22 branches serve over 370,000 visitors and offer over 2.5 million items, including books, CDs, DVDs, magazines and countless online resources.


For more information, please contact:

Jean Kavanagh
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Vancouver Public Library
604-612-4059 cell
604-3313895 office

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james.bond@vpl.ca